Set in Print: Mike Sgier

"Richie Tenebaum," linocut relief print, 2012 (based on Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenebaums")

We are pleased to announce that Mike Sgier, Greenfield Library Circulation Assistant, is included in “Set in Print”, a group exhibit of traditional printmaking.

From the gallery website:

Traditional printmaking encompasses not only a wide variety of artistic expressions but is an umbrella for a wonderful range of technical approaches and materials.

Techniques under relief, intaglio, stencil, and planographic printing offer artists multiple avenues for which they can find their perfect fit, and sometimes even combining processes. As fascinating and beautiful are the practices of printmaking they tend to be a bit passed over as the digital processes dominate the contemporary landscape. Set in Print showcases some of the regions most talented artists dedicated to these time honored processes and their splendid original works of art.

FrameWorks Gallery — 2103 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Through August 31.

Borrowing through WorldCat

WorldCat is the most comprehensive online database of resources available to libraries around the globe. “It is astounding that the number of holdings in WorldCat has doubled in less than eight years,” said Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO. “This is strong testimony to the power of global library collaboration.”

WorldCat was created in 1971 so that libraries could share cataloging information from a central database, increasing workflow efficiency and the ability to locate and loan materials. It took the OCLC cooperative almost 34 years, from August 26, 1971 to August 11, 2005, to add 1 billion holdings in WorldCat. It has taken just seven years and eight months to add the next billion.

WorldCat spans six millennia of recorded knowledge, from about 4800 B.C. to the present. It encompasses records for books, serials, sound recordings, musical scores, maps, visual materials, mixed materials and computer files.

Did you know that WorldCat is freely available to the UArts community? 625 UArts faculty, students, and staff requested books, videos and articles from WorldCat in 2012. For more information, go to http://library.uarts.edu/about/ill.html

 

Library staff recommendation: Rock-Color Chart and Gem Trails of Pennsylvania and New Jersey

Rock-Color Chart
Prepared by the Rock-Color Chart Committee
Greenfield Vault  552 G292r

and

Gem Trails of Pennsylvania and New Jersey
By Scott Stepanski and Karenne Snow
Greenfield Vault  549.9748 St43g

As a self-classified rock hound, stumbling upon these items while shelving in the vault was almost as exciting as finding an actual fossil. Gem Trails of Pennsylvania and New Jersey is a great little guidebook on all of the places to hunt for terrific specimens within our area. From brachiopods and Cape May diamonds to “Christmas Tree Ore”, you’ll be on the path to building your collection in no time.

The Rock-Color Chart, which utilizes the Munsell system for color identification, is laden with little color chips to help you, the rock enthusiast, identify the proper color names for your finds. Happy hunting!

Recommended by Casey Murphy

Library staff recommendation: The Complete Peanuts: 1950 – 1952

The Complete Peanuts: 1950 – 1952
By Charles M. Schulz
Greenfield Open Stacks 741.5973 Sch821 1950-52

This is the first volume in an ambitious project to reprint the entire run of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip. Charlie Brown and Snoopy, the linchpins of the series, are firmly present, albeit a little snappier in personality. However, much of the supporting cast is different in these early years, with Lucy, Linus and Schroeder entering the series as infants and babies. Schulz also maintains a clean minimal style starting out, one that will morph and develop to create the iconic characters that so many know to this day.

The Complete Peanuts: 1953 – 1954 is also available in the Greenfield Open Stacks, call number 741.5973 Sch821 1953-54.

Recommended by Mike Sgier
Recommended by Mike Sgier

JSTOR’s Register & Read Program is Open to All

All current UArts students, faculty and staff have access to JSTOR, the premier scholarly journal article database. Unfortunately when students graduate, or faculty and staff take positions elsewhere, they no longer have access to the UArts subscription. But despair not: anyone can sign up for a JSTOR Register & Read account. Register & Read participants can have access to up to three items from the archive every two weeks. See more at: http://about.jstor.org/news/jstor-rr-historical-scholarship#sthash.avpfOI0H.dpuf or watch the Register & Read video at http://about.jstor.org/video-tutorials

Even if you are a current UArts student, faculty or staff person, signing up for this would be a good thing, and here’s why: UArts only subscribes to part of JSTOR, the Arts & Sciences III collection, which means you don’t have access to every single article in JSTOR. With a Register & Read account, you improve your chances of getting the article you need immediately. We highly recommend giving it a try.

Library staff recommendation: Walden: or, Life in the Woods & On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

Walden: or, Life in the Woods & On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
by Henry David Thoreau

This is a collection of writings based on Henry David Thoreau’s isolation in the wilderness around Walden Pond. His insights into the inner workings of man and society are profound statements that offer helpful advice, especially when living in the city. One of the best Transcendentalist writers of his time, Thoreau challenges himself and others to break their patterns and admire the natural world around them. This collection also includes his essay ‘On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.’ This essay reminds us to continually question what is presented to us and provides an alternative to violence when trying to enact change. A thought-provoking read and wonderful inspiration for all artists.

-recommended by Haylee Warner, Library Work Study Assistant

Sara MacDonald, Public Services Librarian, recommends The Encyclopedia of Transcendentalism for those who want to learn more.

Library staff recommendation: Books!

Books!
By Murray McCain
Designed and Illustrated by John Alcorn

Books! is a party in 42 pages, where typophiles and logophiles (or people who really love neon pink and silliness) can unite!
What is a book?
Mr. McCain would like you to join him in answering this question. From hard words to funny words to words to think about, Books! is sure to make you smile.
Recommended by Casey Murphy

Library staff recommendation: Painting Abstraction: New Elements in Abstract Painting

Painting Abstraction: New Elements in Abstract Painting
By Bob Nickas

As someone who is particularly interested in looking at and creating abstract works, this book intrigued me after a quick glance through the pages. Divided into sections based on the visual elements of painting and drawing, Painting Abstraction investigates these subjects by analyzing the work of contemporary abstract painters. Not only does the author, Bob Nickas, make it compelling to be more conscious of these formal decisions while creating, but he also presents the reader with a database of contemporary painters who, in unique ways, demonstrate these elements. Whether it is a quick flip through or sitting down to read about an artist or two, this book is very handy for a visual artist.

-recommended by Sara Gantt, Library Work Study Assistant